The city soon will install emergency lights in the concourse area of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park after a power outage Friday forced thousands had to exit the stadium in near total darkness.
Friday evening's concert by Kevin Costner-fronted rock band Modern West was cut short by a violent thunderstorm that shut down most of the lights in the 10,000-capacity stadium. Emergency lights in the restrooms, underground tunnels and the seating bowl went on, but there are no such lights in the concourse, said Durham Bulls Vice President George Habel.
"We've been here 13 years, and we've never had a major power failure like this after sunset," he said today.
"But our mindset today is we wouldn't want it to ever happen again. Once
was enough. And it's a blessing that nothing bad happened."
One person did slip and fall in the seating bowl, but no other injuries were reported as 6,500 people made their way cautiously out of the stadium amid pouring rain, Habel said.
The city is responsible for maintaining the ballpark. City officials could not be reached for comment Monday, but Habel said they responded quickly to the matter.
Until the permanent emergency lighting can be installed, Habel has rented generators to light the concourse in the event of another outage.
The fireworks show was rained out Friday as well. It will take place after tonight's 7:05 game.